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Research Spotlight: Dr. Nancy Yunhwa Rao

Research Spotlight: Dr. Nancy Yunhwa Rao

Dr. Nancy Yunhwa Rao is a music theorist and musicologist who serves as chair of academic studies in the Mason Gross Music Department. Rao has been the recipient of major awards and grants from the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the...

Music alumni and faculty nominated for Grammy Awards

Music alumni and faculty nominated for Grammy Awards

Alumni Tom Nazziola (left) and Peter Martin Music alumni Tom Nazziola and Peter Martin, as well as faculty member and jazz pianist Bill O’Connell, are nominated for Grammy Awards this year. “Cat & Mouse,” written by Nazziola, a composer and...

Doctoral student delves into video game music in career inspired by Atari

Doctoral student delves into video game music in career inspired by Atari

Aaron Vaders-Collins is a first-year doctoral student at Mason Gross School of the Arts pursuing a degree in music composition and the emerging field of ludomusicology, the scholarly analysis of video game music. A mashup of technology and music theory, engineering, and production, the subject is a perfect blend of Vaders-Collins’s interests.

Alum nominated for 2022 Grammy Award

Alum nominated for 2022 Grammy Award

Composer Tom Nazziola, a 2019 PhD graduate, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Composition category for “Cat and Mouse,” a piece from his 2021 album Distant Places. Nazziola describes the album as “a collection of works...

Alumni team up for album of contemporary Cuban music

Alumni team up for album of contemporary Cuban music

Music alumni Osiris (Ozzy) Molina and Adonis Gonzalez-Matos have teamed up to create Cuba, Alabama, an album of contemporary Cuban music. The title is both a play on an actual town in Alabama and a reflection of the coincidences that brought them together in a most...